The End of Drilling for FillingsWednesday, August 24th, 2011, 7:48 pm
One of the things patients complain about during their dental visits is the sound of the drill. Researchers in England have discovered a new way to treat cavities that may do away with the high pitched whine of the dental drill in the future.
Tooth decay is caused by bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria produce acid which dissolve the minerals in your teeth creating microscopic holes to form. These microscopic holes can then grow and form cavities. The researchers at the University of Leeds discovered that a peptide based fluid can be brushed onto teeth at the first signs of tooth decay. The technology is based on how teeth are formed and stimulates the tooth to regenerate. The fluid seeps into the microscopic holes and forms a gel, this gel then provides a framework that attracts calcium and rebuilds the missing minerals from within the tooth. Natural and pain free cavity correction.
“This may sound to good to be true, but we are essentially helping acid-damaged teeth to regenerate themselves” said Jennifer Kirkham. The fluid was recently tested on a small number of patients who had early signs of tooth decay. The results showed that the peptide technology could reverse the damage.
“The main reason that people don’t go to the dentist regularly is fear. If we can offer a treatment that is completely non-invasive, that doesn’t involve a mechanical drill, then we can change that perceived link between dental treatment and pain.” said Dr. Paul Brunton who oversaw the patient testing. He continued “… this is a novel approach that enables the patients to keep their natural teeth.”
Until this technology is in our hands we need to rely on the current methods of dealing with tooth decay. First, prevention is key so brush and floss daily and don’t forget to visit your dental hygienist regularly for professional cleanings. Secondly, if fear is causing you to avoid dental treatment seek a dentist that offers sedation dentistry. Using sedation dentistry you can have the treatment you need without anxiety or fear. For more information about sedation dentistry and how we can help you get the care you need please contact Wilbanks Smile Center at 706-886-9439 today.